Carlos Santana & Martina Arroyo Honored by Kennedy Center

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They're making us proud! Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo were among the five artists honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday.

 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Santana and Arroyo were only the third and fourth Latinos in the ranks of 190 overall who have been given a Kennedy medallion.

 

Harry Belafonte paid tribute to Santana during the ceremony, referring to him as a trailblazer among Latinos. "The Latino thing has arrived. It has become the new black," said Belafone.

 

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took the mic to celebrate the career of 76-year-old Arroyo. "I'm here for the diva," Sotomayor told the crowd. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referred to Arroyo as a "national treasure" and also gave praise to Santana. "Being from San Francisco and having Carlos Santana honored is really personal for us," she said.

 

Actress Shirley MacLaine, singer Billy Joel and pianist Herbie Hancock were also awarded medallions during Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. A big congratulations to all the recipients!

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